The adventures of JOHN STORM and the SOLAR NAVIGATOR
OPERATION NEPTUNE by Jameson Hunter
Sample book covers featuring the BAE Systems built Astute nuclear submarine, as the deterrent turned aggressor - when it falls into the wrong hands. At the moment it is the crew of modern u-boats that is the weakest link. Unmanned subs are being developed by all nations in an attempt to reduce the dangers. This story may proceed as a script, before the novel is published.
An advanced nuclear submarine called HMS Neptune (fictional), representing $Billions of dollars is hijacked with military precision by environmental extremists (Eco Terrorists) calling themselves terramentals. The gang are intent on stopping pollution from the burning of fossil fuels and determined to teach politicians to reduce global warming by developing sustainable energy, rather than line their own pockets with oil cartel backhanders.
The extremists use the captured Royal Navy Astute class submarine, to torpedo an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico as part of their campaign to cause energy chaos and show world leaders the error of their ways. This is just the start as soon the United Nations and NATO members in particular realize - as this is their patch.
The UN refuse to accede to the demands of the extremists. They believe that they have overwhelming military superiority and will teach these upstarts a lesson. Working together, the UN via NATO divert much of their joint fleets to try and capture the Terramentals. A deadly game of underwater cat and mouse ensues with 30 nuclear submarines involved in the hunt, but the first serious encounter in the Gulf of Mexico ends with the loss of the USS Jimmy Carter, a US Navy Seawolf class submarine, sunk using Spearfish torpedoes. This only serves to enrage the UN who order in more battleships and the "capture" order escalates to "destroy" - a move anticipated by Redan Simdo, leader of the rebels.
HMS Neptune heads across the North Atlantic to the Gulf of Guinea for a crack at the rich pickings of the west African offshore rigs, in the process encountering the NATO surface fleet. Following another failed engagement, the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier goes down all guns blazing from a direct hit by a Tomahawk cruise missile. The extremists get the media cover they want, being dubbed 'Black Storm Rising.' The UN cannot risk losing any more ships and back off too late. The Gerald Ford narrowly misses being sunk and a Nimitz class aircraft carrier is badly damaged and sinking down by the head. The UN's naval superiority is rapidly being diminished. Russia blockades the North Atlantic and China order their fleet into the Indian Ocean to protect the Arabian rigs.
NATO, realize that they do not have the expertise or systems to track down and eliminate their own weaponry, when they find out that the stolen submarine is commanded by Redan Simdo. He is an ex-naval strategist who was ignored, then discredited and finally sacked for his efforts to point out these shortcomings.
Modern submarines run virtually silently HMS Neptune soon shakes off any navy ships foolish enough give chase. The submarine can stay under, so long as provisions hold out and the crew remain sane.
Fearing more losses NATO withdraw their big hitters from the search. They explore other possibilities. A fresh approach is needed where brute force is not working. The military know about a ship with a hyper-sensor network that can locate almost anything at sea from reports of a recent rescue mission.
The UN appeal to John Storm to use his unique boat and special aquatic equipment to help track down these dangerous terrorists. They must avert the impending Red Storm Rising like economic and environmental catastrophe. John Storm at first refuses to clear up the UN's mess because of their environmental sloth. He agrees with the extremists views, but not their methods. He argues that this is military and way out of his comfort zone.
Charley Temple, appeals to John's intellect to at least look at the issue, when he finds out that NATO have known about Simdo for some time and don't know how to deal with the problem. Worse, they appear to have thrown the gauntlet over to the Africans who do not have the resources to cope - so he accepts this challenge.
Charley and John grow more fond of each other with each adventure, but neither will not admit to it. They work well in adversity drawing strength from their obvious feelings for one another. They met during the hunt for Kulo Luna a few years back, then, when thwarting a Nazi inspired human cloning ring in South America, John rescued Charley from sure death, cementing the bond.
John is forever improving the SolarNavigator, a floating laboratory and an extremely versatile autonomous robot ship with a super computer onboard called Captain Nemo. Using superior AI and communications, Storm manages to track the rogue vessel down, with a little help from nature, mother luck, Dan Hawk, his electronics genius crewmate and his mentor George Franks. They don't call him 'lucky john' for nothing.
Storm knows that he cannot sink the rogue submarine as NATO now demand, because this would cause more nuclear pollution in his beloved oceans. That he will not do and it goes against the grain to take any life unnecessarily. He thus concocts an audacious plan to regain control of HMS Neptune using a mini-sub of his own ............... Storm regains control of HMS Neptune without harming any of the terrorist who will stand trial for piracy, by Simdo makes a rash last ditch effort to escape and is killed in the fight that ensues, despite John's best efforts to save him.
Since the South American operation, John has acquired increased intelligence and brain capacity. He has also become much stronger since experimenting on himself with the Columbian's DNA treatments.
John is honored with multiple decorations for preventing another oil spill catastrophe. He uses the medal acceptance ceremony to deliver a powerful address that is broadcast around the world to a standing ovation.
In the aftermath of the successful recapture of HMS Neptune, the International Council for Science and other agencies help John lobby Governments around the world to ban nuclear power for both civil and military ships. The International Maritime Organization then tables such legislation, but the big players refuse to accept the rulings using their military red cards - meaning that nothing will change.
If you enjoyed the films: The Hunt for Red October, Battleship, Pacific Rim, or Under Siege, you'll be partial to this book. The list of submarine movies that are made from novels is considerable. We have picked just a few for you to compare. Down scope for details. Dive, dive.
510,30’N, 00 – The Sunseeker 60 blasted across the dark blue ocean, clocking 30 knots at near full throttle, stinging white spray lashing the deck and helm screens. The sky was grey with occasional flashes of lightning in the distance showing patches of blue and yellow.
“Course 1800 South West captain,”
said Bo Dallas, one of a new breed of
environmentalists resorting to terror tactics,
who quickly became known as Teramentals. The
captain of the boat was unshaven, dressed in a
thick navy blue roll neck sweater and woolen
hat. He didn’t answer but checked the ships sonar, and noted that there was an oblong
luminescent blip finally coming onto his screen
in the top right hand corner. He sighed in
relief, allowing himself a little grin.
“Alert the crew, ‘Neptune’ is go.”
went below to the beautifully equipped stainless
steel, oak trimmed galley. The other
teramentalists on board were crowded around a
table, also wearing dark navy sweaters and
sporting black leather holsters and ammunition
belts. Without doubt this appeared to be a well
planned military style operation.
At the rear of the Sunseeker, in its large alloy davits, hung a strange looking craft not much bigger than a regular launch at 20 feet in length. Several of the crew disgorged from the galley onto the rear deck. One man wearing a tight one piece suite and what looked like pilots headgear, pulled a tarpaulin from the craft to reveal a streamlined submersible with small wings and a domed Plexiglas forward facing cockpit. It had large twin contra-rotating propellers at the rear, indicating high speed. It looked like a stealth version of the Second World War mini-subs.
submariner opened the clear cockpit and deftly
climbed aboard. Once in, he flicked on a few
switches which illuminated the cockpit from the
LCD instruments to highlight his face and the
white lettering on his headgear which read
‘Max’. Finally Max gave a thumbs-up,
followed by rotation of his upright index
finger, which was the signal that all systems
were working and he was ready to launch.
sleek submersible was launched unceremoniously,
by literally releasing the dual hooks from
either davit arm simultaneously, which allowed
the dark grey missile to suddenly drop into the
briny with a loud sploosh.
captain now watched two blips on his sonar
screen. The one they’d just launched was
heading at ninety degrees to the first blip but
soon changed direction and the gap between them
began to close. Redan Simdo graduated from
Cambridge several years ago sponsored by oil
money. He is tall and dark, sporting a typical
Arabian nose and cheek bones. He is of muscular
build and unshaven. He has heavy set eyebrows
that meet in the middle which gave him a wolfish
look. He’d worked with Greenpeace for 3 years
becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of
effect that famous organisation was having on
world politicians. At the age of 35 he decided
to branch off on his own. Now he commanded an
Under the sea, Max Mohune watched his Plexiglas screen clear as the launch bubbles dissipated. His controls were highly visible as a head up display and included a small sonar guide. Turning the craft to starboard, he’d quickly acquired the oblong blip, then accelerated fast for 5 minutes in a steep dive heading straight for the Astute class nuclear submarine.
Aboard HMS Neptune, the sonar operator had detected the Sunseeker. He’d not paid it much attention, until the impact splash from launching of the Predator mini sub. He immediately called the captain via the ships intercom. “Captain, sonar here, there’s a fast moving surface vessel to our rear and closing, and unless I’m very much mistaken they appear to have launched some kind of torpedo.”
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A minisub that is converted by a scientist for the terrorists, for them to capture the Astute submarine.
An oil rig goes down in the Gulf of Mexico, torpedoed by the captured Astute submarine
ROBOT BOAT - The SolarNavigator uses an advanced SWASH hull, originally, as the platform to mount the world's first autonomous circumnavigation. This was a real life expedition intended to pave the way for improved safety at sea. Now the SolarNavigator is to be used in the making of the John Storm series of adventure movies.
INNOVATION - Since the inception of the very first motion picture more than a century ago, the film and
television industry continues to be at the forefront of innovation. It’s hard to imagine a time when the sight of a silent moving train on a movie screen could send audience members diving for cover– but that’s only further proof that cinema has championed some of the most awe-inspiring technologies in visual arts. From 3D and green screens to iMax and CGI, the steadicam and digital film, the world of cinema has remained ceaselessly dedicated to technological advances throughout time. With the proliferation of digital platforms, tech solutions, and computer-based discoveries in the fields of special effects and filming, the innovations that lie ahead are certainly no less thrilling than those of the last 100+ years.
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author of this work has been asserted in
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Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.
this work of fiction, the characters, places and
events are either the product of the author’s
imagination or they are used entirely
The right of Jameson Hunter to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with section 77 and 78 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. In this work of fiction, the characters, places and events are either the product of the author’s imagination or they are used entirely fictitiously.
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